Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Augustine Day by Day - August 3 - Temperance

"All who love the world dwell in it by their love, just as all whose hearts are lifted upward dwell by their love in heaven. When we are commanded not to love the world, it does not mean we should refrain from eating, drinking, or begetting children. But temperance is ordered because of the Creator, so that such things will not enslave you by your love of them."

-- Sermon on 1 John 2, 12

Prayer. Command, Lord, and requisition whatever you wish. But heal and open my ears so that I may hear your voice. Heal and open my eyes, so that I see you commanding. Drive the madness out of me, so that I may recognize myself.

-- Soliloquies 1, 5

August 3


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